DISTRICT AGRICULTURE PLAN(C-DAP)-LUNGLEI

Lunglei is a town, situated in the south-central part of Mizoram state, north eastern India. Lunglei, sometimes spelled Lungleh, literally meaning 'bridge of rock' got its name from a bridge like rock found in the riverine area around Nghasih - a small tributary of the river Tlawng. It is one of the most populous towns in the Mizo Hills, located 131 miles (235 km) south of Aizawl.

Most of the indigenous local inhabitants of the district of Lunglei depend on agriculture and earn their livelihood from growing crops. The cash crops of coffee and rubber help the district to earn its revenue. The farmers of the district mostly practice the traditional method of shifting cultivation, which is popularly referred to as jhum. Rice is the principal crop in the agricultural economy. Cottage industries produce handloomed cloth, furniture, agricultural equipment, woven textiles, and bamboo and cane work.

Priority setting for the district
● Conservation, development and sustainable management of water resources.
● Soil health improvement
● Popularizing resource conserving technologies.
● Encourages multiple land use by increasing cropping intensity and intercropping.
● Integration of crop husbandry with vegetable and horticultural crops, animal husbandry, mushroom cultivation and other non crop based farming.
● Bridging yield gaps of crops, animals and other enterprises.
● Human resources development of rural youths, farm women, other disadvantaged groups and filed staff.
● Paradigm shift from production oriented farming to market oriented agriculture with the promotion of Agro processing industries.

Objectives Considering the above situation the present database/information system was developed with the following objectives
● Analysis on the existing farming practices.
● Collection Analysis of secondary data on agriculture and allied sector.
● Identification of production constrains and technological gap.
● Documentation of existing marketing pattern.
● Formulation of strategies and action plan for different agricultural production system to increase productivity.

Expected Outcome
● This document will provide better and clear understanding of prevailing agricultural and allied situations, constrains and existing technological gaps in district.
● This document is put forward to provide an insight to identify the development opportunities and potentialities for employment generation in the field of agriculture and allied sector.
●This document will support the state government to develop agriculture and allied sector and will help in reforming policies and action plans.

Strategies to Achieve the Objectives of DAP for Lunglei District
● Conservation, development and sustainable management of water resources.
● Soil health improvement
● Popularizing resource conserving technologies.
● Encourages multiple land use by increasing cropping intensity and intercropping.
● Integration of crop husbandry with vegetable and horticultural crops, animal husbandry, mushroom cultivation and other non crop based farming.
● Bridging yield gaps of crops, animals and other enterprises.
● Human resources development of rural youths, farm women, other disadvantaged groups and filed staff.
● Paradigm shift from production oriented farming to market oriented agriculture with the promotion of Agro processing industries.
● Development of suitable technologies such as varietal improvement, input management supported by a strong institutional arrangements for the supply of inputs like seed, fertilizers, plant protection chemicals, credit, etc, price support system favourable to farmers and market infrastructure for major crops like paddy, maize, sugarcane, banana, vegetables, and fodder crops.
● Encouraging maize as an alternate crop for paddy
● Development of minor irrigation
● Strengthening water harvesting structures like farm ponds and check dams.
● Reclamation of fallow and degraded lands.Training and exposure visit to the farmers, traders, and other stakeholders on grading, post harvest technologies, value addition and market intelligence.
● Strengthening the extension machinery for effective dissemination of technology.
● Strengthening of rural markets with storage facilities.
● Strengthening of farmers market with additional storage facilities.
● Establishment of cattle feed units.
● Inland fisheries development in major tanks and reservoirs and
● Development of sericulture.


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